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STANCE
correct stanceTo start your golf swing you need to take the correct stance, and if your biomechanics are correct your posture and spine angle will also be correct.

  • Your weight should be on the balls of your feet, your head slightly behind the ball.
  • If you are a right handed golfer you should be tilted to the right and opposite for left handed golfers.
  • The hands should be in the middle of the body with a neutral grip.
But if there is a problem with your biomechanics and posture due to a spinal fault or muscle imbalance, you will not be able to achieve this position and your swing will begin to have faults from the very beginning.


correct ballanceBALANCE
You need to be square to the target with the ability to drive the legs through the ball with a lateral movement of the hips and shoulders.

At setup, if you haven't got good balance you can't achieve a good golf swing. The most important aspect of balance for a golfer is to find their right centre of gravity. If their centre of balance is wrong their movement of their lower half of the body is limited creating lack of power with the lateral movement of the hips and shoulders affected. If your hips aren't balanced this will affect your legs which will in turn cause you to try to create power by your arms. You will loose your ability to transfer your weight from your right side to your left you swing too much with your arms and not enough with your body. By not being able to clear your hips, you miss out on a major power source. If your centre of balance is right you will have good weight transfer, power in the legs and balance for maximum power.

 

ANGLE OF FEET

It has been suggested by many teachers that the correct angle for your feet to be aligned is for the right foot should be pointing away from the hole by approximately 20 degrees to enable you to turn your hips and shoulders for the windup of your back swing. The left foot should be turned towards the hole at approximately 30 degrees to allow the body to swing through slowly during the follow through. If you have a rotation of your pelvis your legs will rotate causing you to have difficulty with your foot angel. If you struggle with the angle of your feet so you have difficulty turning your hips and shoulders, your legs and body cannot swing strongly during your follow through. If you can maintain balance with your feet square to the target you will maximize swing but if you have a biomechanical fault this will not be achieved with any consistency.


ALIGNMENT

It is important to align hips, feet and shoulders square to the target at address. If your grip stance and swing is all orientated towards the target, chances are that the ball will head in that direction. But if your centre of gravity is wrong and balance is wrong, causing incorrect spine angle, you cannot align square to the target, you will make compensations during the swing and this will result in inconsistencies and a poor shot. If your centre of gravity is correct, along with your balance and spine angle, you will always be square to the target.


BALL POSITION

You are told ball position is important. It is advised by most modern teachers that to maintain a consistent swing you need a consistent ball position. While you try to have a consistent ball position, which is inside the left heel, if your centre of balance position is too far left or right from your centre of gravity, even if you move the ball to compensate you will not have proper contact causing a poor shot, lack of power, and inconsistency.


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